FA Cup Semi-Final: Watford v Wolves Tips & Preview
Fireworks may fly in Monday's Wembley showdown.
What a cup tie this is.
Just one point and one place separates Watford and Wolves in the Premier League, and it looks tough to call a winner as they prepare to do battle on Monday in the FA Cup semi-final.
We all know how good Wolves are by now, although question marks still remain over their ability to consistently get results against sides of similar or lesser quality to them. Nuno’s men are clearly capable of beating anyone – and that includes Manchester City and Liverpool – but recent defeats against Huddersfield and Burnley shows they have trouble against teams who are happy to sit back. Is it complacency or an Achilles heel?
Watford have won four of their last seven – losing the other three away against Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City – and in my opinion, Javi Gracia still doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s done with The Hornets. Watford aren’t only picking up plenty of points, they’re doing it in style, too.
Looking forward to Sunday, and my first tip is for both teams to score, priced at a pretty generous $1.85.
Watford have failed to score in just three of their last 22 matches, while Wolves have scored in 12 of their last 14.
It’ll be an intense affair with no punches pulled, which hopefully means plenty of goals.
This is the time for match-winners to come to the fore; for talismans to make their mark. This is the time for Troy Deeney.
Watford’s battering ram will relish every second of this, and at a pretty long $3.60*, he’s a decent bet to score at any time.
He has four goals in his last seven matches, and you feel the stage is set for The Hornets’ skipper to pull something out of the bag.
I mentioned I’m struggling to separate the sides, and while Watford beat Wolves 2-0 back in October, I do have a feeling we’ll enjoy more than just the 90 minutes of football on Sunday.
As a bit of a longshot, I’m backing either side to win on penalties.
Wolves are slight favourites, but Watford haven’t lost to a non-top six side since December 1st, so this may well go all the way.
If this match is as entertaining as I’m expecting, then spot-kicks would be a fittingly dramatic way to decide who returns to Wembley for the final.